Lacey Flint has stepped down from her position as a detective and is now a officer patrolling the Thames River. One morning, during an ill-advised swim in the polluted river, Lacey comes across the body of a young woman. Lacey is determined to maintain her peaceful lifestyle, as she is still shattered by events in her past, but she finds herself drawn into the investigation into this woman’s death.
A Dark and Twisted Tide is the first book I’ve read by acclaimed crime novelist Sharon Bolton, despite the fact that this is the fourth book in the Lacey Flint series. Though it was clear I’d missed out on some past experiences and character development, I found I was able to easily follow the main threads of this book, without feeling like I’d lost too much by not reading the previous books in the series. Lacey is a great, strong character, one whom readers will really sympathize with. The main storyline of A Dark and Twisted Time is interesting, bringing in such varied issues as the war in Afghanistan, women’s rights, and immigration. There are some secondary plots that seem superfluous, but Bolton brings everything together well at the end. I’m looking forward to going back and reading previous books in this well-received series.